wǔ five; 5

Note

Originally a picture of a square with a point in the middle - making 4 points, simplified to show just part of the square
Number of strokes 4

Sounds same

wǔ (noon) wǔ (martial)

Different tone

wū (crow) wū (house) wú (not to have) wù (do not) wù (fifth (ordinal))

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Pronunciation

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stroke order for 五
Stroke order for character 五, kindly provided under Wikimedia creative commons license

Proverbs

麻雀虽小,五脏俱全 má què suī xiǎo, wǔ zàng jù quán A person is a person regardless of size. Complete in every detail
五十步笑一百步 wǔ shí bù xiào yī bǎi bù Being complacent about the future. Believing a job done when only half done.

Phrases

四十五个人 sì shí wǔ gè rén 45 people
五百五十三 wǔ bǎi wǔ shí sān 553
五百五十三 wǔ bǎi wǔ shí sān 553

Also

五福 wǔ fú good luck gods
Lotus

Lotus

Culture

The lotus is an emblem with strong Buddhist links. As the plant grows in mud and muck and yet produces a pure white flower it is considered a metaphor for favorable transformation.
Quintessence of the Nation

Quintessence of the Nation

Culture

Traditional Chinese Opera was the entertainment of all Chinese over many centuries. A long evening performance contains elements of drama, music, comedy, acrobatics and martial arts. Each region has its own distinctive form. Over time complex movements have been given specific meanings as a very sparse set is used open on three sides. The art form has inspired many Western composers to emulate the style.
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